Monday, February 9, 2009

'Swoon' on the sweetest day

Philip Foss of Lockwood. (Photo: Philip Foss)

They heat up the kitchens and now they're heating up your computer screen.

Just in time for Valentine's Day, our friends over at CitySearch have rounded up the sexiest chefs in town.

Of particular note: Michael McDonald (onesixty blue), Chad Starling (Le Lan), Philip Foss (Lockwood), and the lone female on the list—Radhika Desai (Between Boutique Cafe and Lounge).

We have some thoughts on who else should've made the cut, like . . .

What they're saying on Facebook . . .

Marc Brooks of Park 52. (Photo: Marc Brooks)

Manolis D. Alpogianis (Partner/America's Dog): "The best stimulus package for Chicago is nice weather."

Marc Brooks (owner/Park 52): "Wondering why my friend Patrice Miner is talking about Houston's spinach dip and not Park 52's."

Michigan Avenue: "Looking forward to the Obamas coming back to town next weekend ! Any guesses on where they will go?"

Gregory Hall (Owner/Brewmaster Goose Island): "Can't wait for Chicago Art Brigade Valentine Market at Goose Island on Feb 11."

Julius Spates (Deejay): "Ready for the 3Degrees party at US @ Crocodile Lounge on Thursday & Jack @ Zentra on Friday!"

Rick Tramonto (Chef/Owner Tru): "Making a Tropical Fruit Salad with Vinaigrette Noodles for South Beach Food & Wine Festival."

More props for local restaurants and chefs

The Publican is Chicago's only eatery up for Bravo's "A-List Restaurant." (Photo: Bob Briskey Photography)

Chicagoans represent in two categories in Bravo's annual A-List Awards, which selects the country's top tastemakers:

A-List Chef: Guiseppe Trentori (BOKA); Koren Grieveson (avec); Grant Achatz (Alinea)

A-List Restaurant: The Publican

Vote now!